Board to audit BCTS activities in northwest B.C.

VICTORIA – The Forest Practices Board will examine the activities of the Terrace office of the BC Timber Sales Program during the week of June 10.

The audit will examine timber harvesting, road construction and maintenance, silviculture, fire prevention and associated planning activities carried out by BC Timber Sales and timber sale licence holders.

The BCTS operating areas to be audited are scattered throughout the Kalum, North Coast and Nass timber supply areas. These areas cover over 80,000 square kilometres and include the major centres of Terrace, Kitimat, Prince Rupert, New Aiyansh and Stewart. The area contains mountainous terrain and many fish streams.

Once the audit work is completed, a report will be prepared, and any party that may be adversely affected by the audit findings will have a chance to respond. The board’s final report and recommendations will then be released to the public and government.

The Forest Practices Board is B.C.’s independent watchdog for sound forest and range practices, reporting its findings and recommendations directly to the public and government.

The board audits forest and range practices on public land, as well as appropriateness of government enforcement.

More information can be obtained by contacting:
Helen Davies, Communications
Forest Practices Board
Phone: 250 213-4708 / 1 800 994-5899

June 4, 2013